Seed-eating birds and an upsurge of armyworms are posing a threat to crop yields in the western African country of Burkina Faso.
The Council of Ministers earlier this week confirmed that grain-eating birds have been declared a threat in the Sahel region and in the rice-growing lowlands in Boucle du Mouhoun region, while armyworms are severely devastating early maize and sorghum sprouts across the whole country.
Since mid-June this year, Burkina authorities officially acknowledged the armyworms upsurge. At least 13,339 hectares were infested in southwest Burkina Faso which now stands as the most affected region in the country.
As of July 10, over 15,703 hectares were declared armyworms-infested. However, following various measures taken by the government, over 11,454 hectares were successfully treated.
The Council of Ministers also said that of the 10,136 hectares that had been prospected for grain-eating birds, 2,863 hectares of lands were identified as invaded by the birds.
Essentially, rice, sorghum and millet are under threat in Seno, Soum and Oudalan provinces in the Sahel region as well as in Niassan and Di lowlands in the Boucle du Mouhoun region.
Losses of crop yields were estimated to range from 40 to 80 percent depending on the localities. Over 20,000 and 1,786 households were affected respectively in Soum province and the Boucle du Mouhoun region. Enditem